Although government launched the Bunyoro Regional Farm Service Centre two years ago, hope is fading about its operationalisation since there is no any sign of development going on at the site.
Launched in 2019 by Cabinet Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, the centre was meant to improve agricultural service in the region with intent to bolster household income and standards of living through commercial agriculture.
Located at Kihonda Demonstration Farm in Labongo Sub-county, Masindi District, the Bunyoro Regional Farm Service Centre was to habour 40 tractors among other agricultural equipment which would be availed to farmers at a subsidised fee in order to prop up profitable farming.
The farm centre was also to be equipped with agricultural inputs and provide services aimed to boost modern agricultural practice in the region.
However, up till now, there has never been any equipment, inputs and services delivered besides any tangible development taking place.
The delayed operationalisation of the farm has raised the eye brows of the district chairman, Cosmas Byaruhanga, who has told Kazi-njema News that the situation has prompted him to write to the Operation Wealth Creation Chief Coordinator, Gen Caleb Akandwanaho better known as Salim Saleh to brief him about the current government position on the stalled project.
However, Mr Byaruhanga reminisces that during President Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa’s campaign trail soliciting votes in Bunyoro region, Public Service State Minister, David Karubanga, revealed that there was a change in the programme approach.
The chairman said Mr Karubanga who is also the Kigorobya County Member of Parliament in Hoima District said it was resolved that the tractors and inputs should be given to active farmer cooperative societies in the region.
This is as opposed to the first plan where 40 tractors and other inputs would be stationed at Kihonda village.